Bringing fairy tales to life

Lawrence Powell
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Bear River show opens in stormy weather to rave reviews

Fables & Fairy Tales, an art show on a light and dark theme, drew pieces from across Canada and opened on a stormy Friday evening to rave reviews from patrons. Several dozen curious art lovers braved snow and wind to attend the 6 to 8 p.m. exhibition at the Oakdene Community Centre.

The show is one of numerous events being held during Bear River Winter Carnival and follows on the heels of last year's show on the theme of Love & Monsters. This year's exhibition featured numerous media including sculpture, painting, fabric, and photography -- and various combinations of media.

Artist Ken Flett proposed this year's theme and organized (with help) the show which hangs upstairs in the Oakdene gym. Although there is no official count, Flett believes there are between 70 and 100 pieces.

"Fables and Fairy Tales makes it easy for the artists to reach back to their childhood and give a deeper, more universal emotion, to create a piece that is not only external but rich with memory and passion," Flett said in a recent interview about the show.

The exhibition is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Oakdene is located at 1913 Clementsvale Road in downtown Bear River.

Organizations: Oakdene

Geographic location: Bear River, Canada, 1913 Clementsvale Road

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